Well, it's safe to say, on my part I still feel like I'm recovering. The IBMAs were SO much freakin' fun. It's wild to see all these unbelievable musicians in one place.
First things first, we want to thank our friends Kyle Tuttle and Rob Parks for joining us for the adventure. Our showcases went really well -- we had so much fun -- and the rest of the time we explored downtown Raleigh and played our hearts out.
From what everyone has been saying, Raleigh was a smash! We met so many cool people and saw everyone from Tim O'Brien hanging out in the hotel lobby, to passing The SteelDrivers, to Claire Lynch handing out boiled peanuts on the jamming floor. What an experience!
One night, Kyle told us to just ride the elevator up to the 4th floor. As soon as the doors opened, there was a huge crowd gathered around Michael Cleveland ripping the mandolin apart and Noam Pikelny playing banjo. WHOA. Seriously cool.
It was strange and kind of heartwarming to be near these people. It makes me think, wow, these people are so down to earth. We saw Ricky Skaggs walk through the lobby, Chris "Critter" Eldridge hanging out at the trade show, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn walk through the 3rd floor jam, Danny Paisley crooning in the California Bluegrass Assn suite, the ladies of Della Mae hanging out in the Grey Fox suite -- you name it. And it was so amazing to meet a lot of our Facebook buddies like Todd Grebe and Ashleigh Caudill face to face and trade music. SO FUN.
If yo follow us on Instagram, you probably saw the photo I snapped of John playing tunes with guitar god, Kenny Smith.
One band that I'm really loving right now is Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellies. Seriously good!
A particular highlight of our showcase at The NC Bluegrass Pavilion, is that when we were done, Joe Newberry came straight up to us and shook our hands. He seemed to really love the set! Supa cool, if you ask me! He had just won IBMA Songwriter of the Year the night before.
We'll have more pictures soon!